Massachusetts
Electrical Licensing & Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

A licensed Journeyman Electrician applying for a Master Electrician license exam shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  1. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed at least one year of experience as the holder of a Massachusetts Journeyman Electrician license and having been
    actively engaged in electrical work.
  2. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having successfully completed without substantial interruption 150 clock hours of classroom instruction, as described in 237
    CMR 22.02: 150 Hours of Education Required as a Prerequisite for Master Electrician Examination.

An apprentice applying for a Journeyman electrician license exam shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  1. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed electrical work experience totaling a minimum of 8,000 clock hours in no less than four years before making an
    application for examination.
    • Such work experience, as an apprentice, shall have been under the direct supervision of a Massachusetts licensed Journeyman electrician in accordance with M.G.L. c. 141, § 8.
      • Applicants may receive credit for electrical shop experience obtained in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under M.G.L. c. 74, All programs are subject to approval by the Board.
      • Applicants with systems work experience supervised by a Systems Technician may receive a maximum of 4,000 clock hours in not less than 2 years.
      • Apprentices shall not be given credit for work experience obtained more than twenty years prior to the date of application.
  2. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having successfully completed without substantial interruption 600 clock hours of classroom instruction as described in 237 CMR 22.01: 600 Hours of Education Required as a Prerequisite to Sit for Journeyman Examination (as Applicable Modular and Non-modular) and obtained in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under M.G.L. c. 74, a private occupational school program licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure under M.G.L. c. 112, a college/university program, or other trade organization, approved by the Board. For purposes of this requirement, a maximum of 300 hours of education shall be granted for education completed in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under M.G.L. c. 74.
  3. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having obtained a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applicants with education in a systems program as described in 237 CMR 22.03: 300 Hours of Education Required as a Prerequisite for Systems Technician Examination will receive that credit towards the education requirement for the Journeyman’s examination.

A licensed Systems Technician applying for a Systems Contractor license exam shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  1. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed at least one year of experience as the holder of a Massachusetts Systems Technician license and having been
    actively engaged in or working at the business of systems work.
  2. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having successfully completed without substantial interruption 75 clock hours of classroom instruction, as described in 237 CMR 22.04: 75 Hours of Education Required as a Prerequisite for Systems Contractor Examination.

An apprentice applying for a Systems Technician license exam shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  1. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed systems work experience totaling a minimum of 4,000 clock hours in no less than two years before making an application for examination. Such work experience, shall have been under the direct supervision of a Massachusetts Systems Technician or Journeyman in accordance with M.G.L. c. 141, § 8.
    • Applicants may receive credit for shop experience obtained in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under M.G.L. c. 74, in a private occupational school program licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure under M.G.L. c. 112, or in a college/university program approved
      by the Board.
    • Applicants with electrical work experience may receive a maximum of 2,000 clock hours in not less than 1 year towards the experience requirement for the Systems Technician examination.
    • Apprentices shall not be given credit for systems work experience obtained more than twenty years prior to the date of application.
  2. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having successfully completed without substantial interruption 300 clock hours of education as described in 237 CMR 22.00:
    Required Electrical Education obtained in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under M.G.L. c. 74, or in a private occupational school program licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure under M.G.L. c. 112, or in a college/university program approved by the Board.
  3. furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having obtained a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Applicants with education in electrical may apply 25% of that education, up to a maximum of 75 clock hours, towards the education requirement for the Systems Technician examination.

All electrical licenses expire July 31st every third year, commencing July 31, 1989.

Applicants must complete 21 clock hours of continuing education during each three-year license period.

Fifteen of the 21 hours shall be on topics related to 527 CMR 12.00: Massachusetts Electrical Code, business law, and related topics.

Six of the 21 hours shall be in areas chosen by the licensee for professional development in the subjects of Electrical Code, business law, first aid, safety, Building Code, and related topics.

In addition to the required 21 hours, applicants must also complete a 15 hour Continuing Education Program as provided in 237 CMR 17: Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE). This continuing education must be based on 527 CMR 12.00: Massachusetts Electrical Code (Amendments) in effect at the time of application.

For questions regarding your state’s CE requirements or licensing, please contact your state board directly.

(617) 727-9931 | Massachusetts Board Website

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